NexGen Hearing

Qualicum Beach Hearing Clinic

 

The Qualicum Beach Hearing Clinic is a full service and full-time hearing aid and hearing health centre. We pride ourselves on helping our clients who might be experiencing tinnitus, muffled hearing or possible hearing loss. There are many types of hearing loss including sensorineural, conductive or even a mixture of these conditions. A hearing test at Qualicum Beach NexGen Hearing can determine the nature and degree of your hearing loss. We offer free hearing tests, a 21 day no-money down trial, 90 day money back satisfaction guarantee and will price match any valid competitor quote or advertised price on the same make and model of hearing instrument. You can expect us to deliver the highest level of professional hearing aid care at every level. We build strong relationships and gain trust with our clients. We encourage family members to take part in their loved one’s journey to better hearing. At Qualicum Beach Hearing Center we are delighted to be a part of this vibrant community, and look forward to meeting you!

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Lauren Robinson

B.Sc., RHIP

Lauren has much education in the hearing sector with a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of Victoria. Lauren graduated from Grant MacEwan University’s Hearing Aid Practitioner program in June 2013. Lauren is now a licensed Hearing Aid Practitioner through the BC College of Speech and Hearing Professionals. Lauren has worked in the hearing sector since October 2010, she is excited to provide exceptional client service and hearing healthcare through NexGen Hearing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I have my hearing tested?

Hearing loss impacts everyone differently and can occur at any age and for a variety of reasons. Age-related hearing loss occurs due to changes in the structure of your inner ear although changes can also occur in your middle ear. As such, the National Campaign for Better Hearing recommends a baseline hearing test at 60 years of age, although a baseline hearing test is recommended to serve as a reference point at any age.

After your initial baseline hearing test, if you are 60 years or older, you should have your hearing tested on an annual basis. You can have your hearing tested for free at the Qualicum Beach Hearing Clinic. Schedule your free hearing test with us today.

How do I know if I need a hearing aid?

Here, at the NexGen Hearing Center in Qualicum Beach, we help you every step of the way in deciding if a hearing aid is best for you. We will conduct a free hearing test to determine if you currently have hearing loss. Once the hearing test has been completed, we will help you ascertain how much your hearing loss (if any) is affecting your daily life and/or activities. If you can’t hear as well as you could in the past several aspects of your life could be impacted. Hearing loss can gradually increase without us even realizing, which lends weight to the idea of consistently having your hearing checked.

Our Qualicum Beach audiologists are experienced in treating a variety of levels of hearing loss and their effects. Don’t go another day wondering if your hearing could be improved. Let our experts help you improve your hearing to its highest levels.

What are the best hearing aid brands?

Choosing the right hearing aid brand is very important to ensure your device is a reliable, effective, and safe. The best brand for you is often dependent on numerous factors relative to your specific situation. There is no one best brand of hearing aid as each case is different. That being said, choosing a well known and trusted brand within the medical community is a good path to take for peace of mind. NexGen Hearing partners with only the highest quality hearing aid manufacturers in the world. Resound, Phonak, and Oticon are only a few of our partners dedicated to providing you with the best hearing possible. Consult with one of our NexGen Hearing audiologists to find out which one works best for you.

How much do hearing aids cost?

Hearing aid prices vary from several hundred dollars up to a few thousand, and it all depends on the advancement of the technology used in each device. Affordable hearing aids as well as more expensive options come with different features. You can think of hearing aids as coming in levels of “gold, silver, or bronze.” If your listening needs are simple, it just might be that even the most basic hearing aid is enough for you. If your life is more active and you find yourself wanting to hear better in more active and noisy listening environments, then a more sophisticated level of hearing aids features will give you more benefit. NexGen Hearing also offers financing options to help you with an affordable option to improve your hearing. Learn more about our lease to hear financing and other hearing aid financing options.

How long do hearing aid batteries last?

The life of a hearing aid’s battery is impacted by many factors such as the hearing aid model, battery brand, battery technology, and how the device is used. The model of the hearing aid is integral in determining the life of the battery. Some hearing aids are better than others in relation to battery consumption while others offer features that will more quickly drain a battery. Batteries come in four common sizes (10, 312, 13, 675). Based on a 16 hour day of wear, the average lifespan for a standard battery is listed below:

  • Size 10: 3 – 7 days
  • Size 312: 3 – 10 days
  • Size 13: 6 – 14 days
  • Size 675: 9 – 20 days

If you prefer, rechargeable hearing aid batteries are also available for certain models of hearing aids that greatly improve the ease of replacing your batteries. Consult with your Qualicum Beach hearing aid practitioner for additional details.

Too Small to Ignore

Invisible, unnoticeable or discreet? The choice is yours. Today’s hearing aids are so tiny that few will even notice that you’re wearing them, no-matter if they are placed behind your ear or in your ear canal. Try our 90 day free trial today!

Types of Hearing Loss

Types of hearing loss include sensorineural, conductive and can even be a mixture of these. A hearing test at Qualicom Beach Hearing Clinic can determine the nature and degree of your hearing loss. A hearing loss between 16-25 dB is thought to be minimal and is similar to lightly plugging each ear with your fingers. The next level is moderate hearing loss (26-40dB) and can lead to not hearing the completions of words or brief words. This may make it challenging to separate background noise from speech, and listening devices are typically suggested for this level of hearing loss. Moderate hearing loss (41-55 dB) can make phone discussions difficult and result in as much as a 50% reduction in the understanding of speech from outside a 5-foot radius. This level of hearing loss can cause sensations of seclusion and disconnection. If symptoms are more severe than these, you could have severe or perhaps extensive degrees of hearing loss. This can cause severe quality of life issues. Some individuals can struggle with High-frequency hearing loss (1500Hz-8000Hz). While speech and most other noises will be perceived as loud enough, speech will be unclear. Background noise will make the problem worse. The newer style of hearing aids, consisting of open fit and receiver-in-the-canal, would be most beneficial. These models allow low frequency sound to go into the ear canal naturally while enhancing the higher frequency sounds to assist in speech understanding.